Medical cannabis is becoming increasingly liberalised across Europe, especially in high-income western countries such as Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Switzerland.
Although in parts of the world cannabis is legal – with New York recently legalising recreational marijuana – it is currently illegal to possess or sell in the UK.
More than two-thirds of all states have given the green light to medical marijuana, with 18 of these states having existing or pending legislation in place that allows for recreational cannabis to be consumed and/or sold.
Herbal cannabis has been used for thousands of years for medical purposes.
As more US states legalize marijuana, cannabis users have become increasingly outspoken about the ways in which the drug has benefited their mental and physical health.
Marijuana (Cannabis sativa) has been used throughout the world medically, recreationally and spiritually for thousands of years. In South Africa, from the mid-19th century to the 1920s, practitioners prescribed it for a multitude of conditions.
Cannabis has been used for centuries for therapeutic purposes. In the last century, the plant was demonized due to its high abuse liability and supposedly insufficient health benefits.
Cannabis is such a complex substance. Many different varieties exist, along with different parts of the plant and different substances within that can provide different effects.
The purpose of this study was to provide the most up-to-date scientific evidence of the potential analgesic effects, or lack thereof, of the marijuana plant (cannabis) or cannabinoids, and of safety or tolerability of their long-term use.
After several failed attempts to legalise the drug, it now appears recreational use will finally get the green light.